20 Minutes With Lauren

The Roundtable Podcast have a wonderful podcast up for download on their website featuring a twenty minute interview with our favourite author Lauren Oliver.

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The site delves into;
20(ish) minutes of intriguing conversation. Ryan Stevenson and I discover Laurens perspectives on the collaborative process, the power and virtue of YA literature, the power of understanding plot, and so much more…

So head on over to the Roundtable Podcast website and have a watch of this interview!

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Book Bird Q&A with Lauren!

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Recently BookBird had the opportunity to have a question and answer session with Lauren Oliver!

In the interview, they discuss her writing, whether she likes physical books or e-books, and what inspires:

Do you think Book covers are important or should you never judge a book by it’s cover?
I think book covers can often be misleading, but I think everyone is guilty of doing it to a certain extent.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world who would it be?
Hmm… maybe Alanis Morissette. She’s one of my favorite singers and has had such an interesting life!

The full interview can be read here

Cynsations Interview With Lauren!

Cynsations is a source for conversations, publishing information, writer resources & inspiration, bookseller-librarian-teacher appreciation, children’s-YA book news & author outreach.

Recently they had an interview with Lauren in which she talks about the Delirium saga and Before I Fall which can be read in full here!

Here’s a preview;

By Karen Rock
for Cynthia Leitich Smith’s Cynsations

I’ve heard that Requiem will be told in alternating points of view. What prompted your exciting decision to change the narration of the series? What can you share about it with your fans?

In order to keep pushing myself as a writer, I feel I need to keep challenging myself to try different perspectives, different kinds of projects, different voices. So I really wanted Requiem to push the boundary in terms of what I’d already tried.

Lauren Interview

Total book addict is a blog which recently featured an interview with Lauren!
The blog had this to say about it;

I have been wanting to start doing author interviews on here so I thought who better to ask first then the author of one of my favourite books, Lauren Oliver. So when I asked her if she would be interested in doing an interview, she agreed! Which is amazing, so I came up with the best questions I could think of and I want to share her answers with all of you! But first lets get into a little bit of background of Lauren Oliver. She attended the University of Chicago majoring in philosophy and literature, after college she attended the MFA program at NYU. She comes from a family of writers and is an avid reader. Her first published novel is Before I Fall, which is my favorite!

The full interview can be read here and features questions on her writing, characters and imagination.

Lauren Oliver Interview with Paranormal Indulgence

The interview talks mainly about her middle reader, Liesl and Po, as well as her upcoming title, The Spindlers. They also talk about Delirium and Pandemonium, and even Requiem a bit!

She had this to say about finishing the Delirium series:

“You know, I’ve already finished REQUIEM and moved on, and it was really, really tough at first. It took me several months to get used to the absence of Lena and the other characters from the Delirium trilogy. I floated around in a kind of funk and silence. But I’m easing into it slowly.”

And when asked which of her own books was her favorite, she had this to say:

“I’m proud of them all in very different ways. I think LIESL & PO might be my favorite for personal reasons, but I also love THE SPINDLERS for its sense of adventure. I still like BEFORE I FALL quite a bit and I think I pushed myself in REQUIEM in new and exciting ways. I don’t know. Honestly, it changes day by day!”

I’m really, really excited to see how she has pushed herself in Requiem.

You can read the full interview over here at Paranormal Indulgence!

Suggestion Saturday: PARTIALS by Dan Wells

You’re a big fan of Delirium and Pandemonium, but you need something else to dig into in that one year gap before Requiem! So what comes next? We suggest PARTIALS by Dan Wells, who traveled along with Lauren Oliver on the Dark Days Tour earlier this Spring!

Partials by Dan Wells

Partials by Dan Wells

Finally, there’s some solid science fiction making its way into Young Adult literature! There’s been a strong science fiction following for ages, but very few books have successfully combined that geeky guilty pleasure into YA. Thankfully, Dan Wells released PARTIALS on February 28 and provided us with a story that satisfies our cravings for science fiction in a fine-tuned YA novel!

Kira is a 16-year-old medic living on Long Island, where the remainder of the human population lives after a deadly virus called RM has destroyed 99.996% of our kind. The virus was released by the Partials, human/machine crossbreeds created by the company ParaGen to fight America’s wars before they eventually turned on their own creators. Since the release of RM, not a single newborn has survived more than a few days after its birth. This is leads Kira’s society to the brink of chaos, where personal rights are often threatened for the good of society.

Kira thinks she may know a way to cure RM in newborns once and for all, but doing so will not be easy. Is she willing to risk it all for the chance to save human existence?

PARTIALS is a smart, action-packed thriller filled with suspense, political drama, romance, friendship, shocking twists, and an intellectual cherry on top.

We were lucky enough to interview Dan Wells about PARTIALS, complete with Star Trek references and the best inside joke ever.

We love the use of science in PARTIALS. Were you ever given any flack from people who worried younger audiences wouldn’t care for that element of the story?
Never, which is great. The publisher, and my agent and editors, were behind the idea from the beginning; they were actually excited that I was making it so much more science-y than a lot of other YA books out there. And the response from readers has been excellent: people who aren’t as interested in the science still like the book for the story and the characters. We really tried hard to make sure there was something for everyone.

Were any of your characters based off a popular icon or someone you know?

There are two minor characters in the Manhattan sequence of the book named Nick and Steve–or Skinny and Scruffy, as Kira calls them. Nick and Steve are friends of mine, and I put them into every book I write: Steve always lives and Nick always dies. I don’t know why, it just amuses me.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL INTERVIEW!

Lauren Oliver FAQ Part 2

Continuing on from her last question session , Lauren Oliver has released part 2 of her most frequently asked questions:

What books are coming up for you?
My second book for middle-grade readers, THE SPINDLERS, will be released in October of this year. In the spring of 2013, the last book in my Delirium series, Requiem, comes out; and after that…who knows! I’m working on a teen standalone right now but it’s in its very early stages.
How do you come up with names for your characters?
With difficulty! I keep lists of names I like, street names, and place names on my computer. But sometimes I just mix-and-match the names of people I know!
 
How old were you when you started writing?
I started writing pretty much as soon as I was old enough to hold a pen and read on my own. My first stories were spin-offs of the books I loved, like CS Lewis and the Redwall series.
How is Hana’s name pronounced?
I pronounce it Hah-na (the way a British person might!), but most people say Hana to rhyme with the last syllable of banana, which is fine too. She’s used to it!
How do you overcome obstacles/writers block?
Discipline, discipline, discipline. I’ve trained myself to write every day, no matter what. And remember: the first drafts don’t have to be good, or even readable!